Tuesday, 21st November 2017
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ALLERGY or COLD?

ALLERGY or COLD?

Due to the similarity of symptoms, it is possible that on many occasions, we are not able to distinguish one from the other.

The mucus and sneezing are common, but the symptoms, be it its origin viral or allergic, have some of the following main differences. As a general rule Allergic rhinitis occurs with inflammation of the nasal mucosa,
which entails high mucus, congestion, nasal itching and sneezing. Mucus in these cases is usually a transparent colour, and tends to be liquid and continuous. Conjunctivitis, also typical of allergies, causes tearing, redness or itching in the eye area.

With Colds, the mucus is typically thick and either green or yellow, without constant itching and nasal irritation. In addition, they can also include fever, not something that happens with an allergy. Colds do not
usually last longer than a week while spring allergies can last months.

A simple blood test and examination of the mucus can detect whether you suffer a pollen allergy or have a common cold.

Once an allergy has been diagnosed and identified, the most appropriate treatment can be recommended, be it medication to relieve the symptoms, or immunotherapy, the introducing of small doses of the substance that causes the allergy so as to train the body to become tolerant.

In addition any methods recommended by the Allergist, symptoms can be prevented in our day to day life with some small actions to make this period much easier to cope with:

  • Night time and dawn, are when pollen levels are highest, so it is recommended not to open the windows.• Use sunglasses to protect the eyes.
  • Travel by car with the windows closed.
  • Once home it is recommended that we change clothes and shower to remove pollen that we have on our bodies.
  • Do not hang clothes to dry outside.
  • Try not to perform outdoors activities such as mowing the lawn or sweeping the terrace.
  • Avoid, spending time outdoors on windy days.
  • Stop smoking. Tobacco still worsens the allergies.

Do not self medicate, seek proper medical attention. Remember that your Sanitas policy includes consultations with an  Allergist. 

Extract taken from Sanitas advantages of your policy. Please contact Sonia Fendley (info@stmnummos.com or 956796148 for further details.


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